Gomshall to Guildford Walk

Start: Gomshall station

Finish: Guildford station

Length: 17.1 km / 10.7 miles

Weather: Frosty with bright sunshine and blue skies

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This walk is from the book Time Out Country Walks Volume 2, walk number 13. I did a slight variation at the very start of the walk by walking up Beggar's Lane instead of Hackhurst Lane. Also, I started from Gomshall and did the walk in reverse.

The interestingly named Beggars Lane at the start of the walk.

beggars lane

 

Heading down Cole Kitchen Lane, to Shere. Another interesting name for a lane

 

Looking back to Hankhurst Down near Cole Kitchen Farm.

 

Shere calm - Shere Church.

shere church

 

I love a ford! There doesn't appear to be many left, although we came across one last summer in Broadwell, near Stow-on-the-Wold.

ford at shere, surrey

 

Albury Church

albury church, surrey

 

 

Near to Water Lane.

 

Climbing the 'sand dunes' up to the Church of St Martha-on-the-Hill.

Church of St Martha-on-the-Hill

 

Church of St Martha-on-the-Hill, which is on he Pilgrim's Way.

Church of St Martha-on-the-Hill

 

The view across the grave yard to Chilworth and beyond. I spent a good half-hour here basking in the sun.

view from Church of St Martha-on-the-Hill

 

Church of St Martha-on-the-Hill

 

 

Walking up to Pewley Down, hedges full of chaffinches and yellowhammers.

 

 

Trees on Pewley Down.

pewley down

 

 

Walking down to Guildford from Pewley Down, with the cathedral in the distance. This section was very hard on the legs.

 

Guildford Castle.

The lull before the storm when I descended into Christmas shopping madness in the town centre.

Then onto the station only to find I had just missed the next train back to Gomshall and had a 2 hour wait!

So I had a good idea to walk back into the town centre to the bus station - only problem, I had just missed the bus and the next one was in an hours time and would take 55 minutes….so a trek back to the station and a train to Dorking Deepdene. By this time it was getting cold and I had a 40 minutes wait. A bad end to a very enjoyable walk.